Sundays in Europe can be a tad depressing. Even though the Europeans are even less religiously devoted than Americans they do still believe in observing the Sabbath. Especially in Germany. Most stores and businesses are closed. Restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops remain open because all the rest of the Germans are out and about enjoying life.. They absolutely love gathering the family to take a... Read Full Entry
My wife and I met forty years ago when we both worked for the airlines. We got out of the business when deregulation "ruined" it. Now she takes me with her students on her educational trips abroad.
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Our drawing roomWe also had a living room with two sofas, one of which pulled-out as a bed. It felt very retro in there.
A view from the bedroom windowTo the immediate left is the rocky outcrop that people could hike to in order to see the big cross. Down below is the beginning of the pedestrian zone that follows the course of the river past all the curative spas.
A closer look at the spa centerThat big modern building is the main hot water spring of Karlovy Vary. On the far right where the blue mesh covers the building's facade is where we eventually semi-legally parked our car.
Grand Hotel PuppThis place was quite a contrast to our humble little home for the next two nights. Rooms were triple the price of ours but they do get a chocolate on their pillows each night. They also have an actual parking lot.
Elegant but not exorbitantPrices for the cheapest rooms are around $225.00 per night which isn't insane, but I'll settle for a comfortable room at a cheaper price. Karlovy Vary is a pretty inexpensive town overall. Meals are reasonable and souvenir prices were cheaper than Germany.
A grandiose little townA variety of architectural styles were on display as we walked along the roadway past numerous hot water spas. I expected to see lots of decrepit old folks in wheelchairs and using walkers to get to the curative waters. Instead it was mostly dazed and confused tourists like ourselves.
This is the kind of treatment I was expectingWhen I planned to come to this spa town I was under the impression that the visitor checks into a spa facility where you tell the attendants about your issues and they prescribe a treatment. Apparently this ad depicts a place that does handle things that way, but for the most part visitors are left to fill up their water containers with mineral water and drink to good health.
Appealing to the RussiansIt's interesting that the people the Czechs despised for occupying their country for almost 50 years are now a major patron of their economy. The Czechs bravely stood up to the Red Army on numerous occasions and were continually suppressed and oppressed but now the Russkies invade daily via tour bus and spirit away Czech goods and service leaving only hard currency behind. Then again, they also forgave the Western countries that abandoned them in their struggles against the Commies. Tourism makes for short memories. Right Cuba?
Karlovy Vary skyscrapersWhen the visiting crowds began to come to Karlovy Vary in the early days of train travel the locals had limited room to build facilities for the influx of visitors. They had no choice but to build upward in the narrow Tepla river valley.
People love to dress funny in Karlovy VaryWe were unable to determine the significance of this gathering of men in traditional costumes. There was a choir of women nearby singing foreign songs. Maybe some sort of mating ritual?
The mighty Tepla riverThis wasn't much of a river flowing through the downtown area. The depth of this creek was less than 6 inches.
Reminds me of Bath, EnglandThe colonnades on the right look very similar to those near the Roman baths in Bath, UK. But as much as I love that historic English city I found Karlovy Vary even more relaxing and quaint. Things seemed much less hectic and commercialized here.
ParkkolonnadeMost of the buildings in Karlovy Vary were built in the Baroque style. This structure was more Victorian Age and covered a thermal spring at the opposite end.
MmmmmmOn our initial walk through town we passed by this little stand. She was making "Trdelnik". According to Wikipedia "Trdelník is a kind of spit cake. It is made from rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick, then grilled and topped with sugar and walnut mix."
Travel adviceWhen you see something you like don't say "I'll come back to it later". Odds are you won't.
I can't believe I passed this byWe were looking for a place to have dinner so I told Gail we would come back and get one of these for dessert. By the time we left the restaurant this booth was closed. It was the only one we saw. We passed it twice again the next day, but each time there were long lines. Shoulda. Coulda. Woulda.